In pictures: Maidenhead United fireworks raise money for charity

James Harrison

Bonfire night went off with a bang for a children’s charity as it recorded one of its most successful fireworks nights.

More than 2,000 were in the stands at Maidenhead United Football Club, in York Road, for the annual event organised by the Link Foundation on Saturday.

Now in its 10th year, it collected about £8,300 for the charity, which helps disadvantaged children and their families.

The money raised will go towards the foundation’s Christmas appeal, in which it seeks to give a present and Christmas dinner to families which might otherwise not get one.

This year’s success came as a relief for organisers after banner’s advertising the event were stolen.

Speaking afterwards, the charity’s chairman Una Loughrey said: “We were slightly worried because of the banners being stolen, but it turned out to be our biggest yet.”

She added: “People know it’s a family event and we had all the usual entertainment, cakes and glow sticks and the like – it’s like a mini-festival in itself.”

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